Bob Dylan: Back At Wolftrap
Dylan 2CD bootleg set, recorded live
at Wolftrap, Vienna, 23 and 24 Aug, 1997. Also contains two tracks
from the concert in Wallingford, CT 18 Aug, 1997, where Rick Danko
guested with the two songs
"This Wheel's on Fire" (2.7MB) and
"I Shall Be Released" (3.2MB).
Dylan also gave
nice introduction (750K) at the gig. This was right after Danko was released from Japan, it sounds like
Dylan says: "Thanks everybody. Ah, we have Rick Danko here, he's from the Band. And he's looking good, and he just got himself out of some... out of an arrested spirit. I think he's looking better than ever really. This is something we recorded a long while ago."
Below is a review of this bootleg, copied from the Dylan newsletter
A direct/line recording taken from the shortband radio feed
used for the "deaf aid" system. Recording quality is stunning
superbly clear with excellent definition. There are a few
instances where the recording overcooks, resulting in
background buzz, but these are brief and barely noticeable.
Vocals are clear, precise, and well separated from the band.
This is a complete recording of the first nights performance
with fillers from the second (plus 2 tracks from Wallingford).
The performance is superb. If those earlier UK shows had
Dylan carving his songs out of granite, now he's shaping them
out of marble. Cool and clear. The band working seemlessly
together, Dylan's vocals confident and rounded while still
keeping their edge.
Danko and Dylan, Wallingford, CT, 08.18.97 (photo by John Atashian).
Another blistering start with "Absolutely Sweet Marie", and Dylan
is simply unstoppable. "Man in a Long Black Coat" is shrouded
in mystery. Highlights are hard to pull out: "Stone Walls and
Steel Bars", "Blind Willie McTell" and a raucus "Alabama Getaway"
that replaces "Rainy Day Women" in the closing slot.
The second night highlights feature superb versions of
"Cocaine" and "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere." Recording quality is
superb and it's a bit of a disappointment that the producers
decided to incorporate into the final two tracks from
the Wallingford show (guesting Rick Danko), as although
recording quality is ok in their own right can't match that of
23 Aug 97:
Bob Dylan - Back At Wolftrap - 1997 - 2CDs - Q Records 18/19
- Absolutely Sweet Marie
- Man In The Long Black Coat
- Tough Mama
- Under The Red Sky
- Stone Walls And Steel Bars
- Mr. Tambourine Man
- Tangled Up In Blue
- Stuck Inside Of Mobile...
- Blind Willie McTell
- Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat
- Like A Rolling Stone
- Don't Think Twice...
- Alabama Getaway
24 Aug 97:
- Tonight I'll Be Staying Here
- You Ain't Goin' Nowhere
- Roving Gambler
- Cocaine Blues
- Watching The River Flow
18 Aug 97:
- It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
- This Wheel's On Fire
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